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Bay Guardians Remove Invasive Plants and Debris at Quick Point Preserve

SARASOTA, FL – Fifty-six volunteers with the Bay Guardians removed debris and invasive plants at Quick Point Preserve on Saturday, March 10. Volunteers included students and adults with Martha B. King Middle School in Bradenton, the Future Leaders Academy in Sarasota, and the High School Intern Program with Mote Marine Laboratory. Guides with Around the Bend Nature Tours escorted students on a nature walk through the preserve and provided dip nets so participants could learn more about aquatic life. The next Bay Guardian event is the fourth annual Air Potato Roundup on April 14 at North Water Tower Park in Sarasota. Air potatoes are an invasive species and prior Bay Guardian events at the park have focused on removing the plant. The April event is supported by area disc golfers including members of the Sarasota Sky Pilot Disc Golf Club. North Water Tower Park has one of the most popular disc golf courses in the region. The Sarasota Bay Guardians is a family-friendly volunteer program that SBEP manages in partnership with Around the Bend Nature Tours. The program was established to attract volunteers interested in helping restore Sarasota Bay. New volunteers receive a blue tee shirt featuring the Bay Guardians logo. Learn more about the program online at Local school and church groups interested in volunteering can also contact Sara Kane at